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5 Year Anniversary

Dear Friends, Today is the 5 year Anniversary of my bilateral  mastectomy. I was initially diagnosed with Breast Cancer for the first time in 1991 at the age of 34.  BC have been a very large part of my life for the past 29 years and has shaped me into the person I am today. However Cancer does not  define me.It has taught me what really matters in this life. It is not about what I have lost but more

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Nourishing Your Body During Cancer Treatment

When I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer the second time, I turned to my husband and said “I need some treats.” In typical Jack fashion he ran out to the store and returned with a tub of hot fudge, a variety of different ice cream and multiple bottles of wine. I proceeded to drown my sorrows for several days until I realized that this hot fudge habit was going to be a hard habit to break! I decided to get serious

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Things Not to Say to a Breast Cancer Patient

1. “You are so lucky – You are going to get new Boobs!” First of all, it is called reconstruction surgery for a reason. A part of my body (a part, I might add, that I was quite fond of) has to be removed because I have cancer. Lucky and Cancer do not belong in the same sentence!!! 2.  “You look too healthy to have cancer!” To which I would reply  “I know, too bad my cancer didn’t know that!”

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What’s Next for Me?

So you’ve made it through surgery, your treatments have ended and your doctors release you and you are sent back off into the world. This can actually be a very frightening and unsettling time for most patients. Common sense would tell you that you should be elated that you are finished with treatment. And you are, but there is uncertainty. Will the cancer come back if I’m left to my own devices and am not being as closely monitored by

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The Big Day Pt. 2

I wake up after being in surgery for 71/2 hours and find Jack, Pat and my sister-in-law Teresa standing over me. The surgery had gone much longer than expected because Dr. Parikh  had been called into an emergency surgery right before my surgery, so instead of working on me simultaneously, Dr. Cash performed the bilateral Mastectomy and Dr. Parikh arrived later to do his thing and place the implants. My family looked awful. It had been a very long stressful

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The Big Day

It is finally the morning of my surgery. I try not to think about the day ahead of me. What my body will go through over the next several hours and how I will feel and what will I look like when I wake up. No, it’s too much, so I decide to concentrate on just getting to the hospital on time. That’s my focus. My oldest son had come home from Boston the night before and we had a

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Don’t Go it Alone

Now I don’t want to mislead that having a mastectomy was an easy decision for me. It definitely was not. There were tears, sadness, grief  but I was determined not to give one more day of my life to Breast Cancer than I had already given. I was done! I also remember feeling rage that I had never experienced before. I was so angry at my body. I felt that it had betrayed me, not once, not twice but three

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Is my Guardian Angel on Vacation?

I thought that I was prepared for the word “Mastectomy” when I walked into my surgeons office the following week. I had done my research and I knew because I had radiation on both breast , my options were limited. I am not surprised. She describes the surgery and  draws a sketch of what it will look like. I am nodding my head but I cannot make the translation from that to my body. Oh no, that is not what

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Listen to your Body

Also around this time ,my breast very itchy. Now if it was just the right breast that I had just had surgery and radiation on, I wouldn’t have thought twice about it. But it was both breast and the left breast was the itchier of the two! I have read over the years that this can be a symptom of certain types of Breast Cancer but I have just been through almost an entire year of screening , mammograms and

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Be Your Own Advocate

So I found out that everything that I had been doing for a bladder infection was completely wrong for ICS. For example, in an effort to build up my immune system I would make a green smoothie in the morning with spinach, yogurt, strawberries and blueberries. I then would often have a spinach salad for lunch and then fruit and yogurt for a snack. Then protein and usually another green veggie for dinner. It sounds really healthy right? But spinach

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